Goethe-Institut examinations set the global standard in German language proficiency testing, and passing certificates are accepted by employers and higher education institutions across the German-speaking world. Goethe-Institut examinations correspond to the levels set out in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and range from A1 for beginners to C2 for native-level speakers. Each exam consists of four portions: writing, reading, listening, and speaking.

Learn more about these exams here.

The German faculty offers exams at the levels A1 – B1. You do not need to be enrolled at OSU to take these tests.

For further information email Dr. Sebastian Heiduschke


Exam dates in 2023:

  • June 3, September 30

If you are registered for the September 30 exam:

  • Please arrive no later than 9:45 am and wait at the north entrance of Kidder Hall, facing the library quad. We will get you and escort you to the testing room. Tests may run the entire day, regardless of the examination times you received during your registration.

Registration deadlines:
April 28 for tests in June, September 17 for tests in September.
Exam cost and registration:

  • Start Deutsch A1 ($190) - book
  • A2 ($210) - book
  • B1 ($250 for the entire test, single modules start at $120) - book
  • B2 ($270 for the entire test, single modules start at $130) - book